"Any boy or girl under the age of twenty-one is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution who is lineally descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty, rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer, or recognized patriot in one of the several Colonies or States, or of the United States, provided that the applicant is personally acceptable to the Society." (Article III, National Bylaws)
At-large membership is available for those who do not wish to participate with a local society. However, at-large members cannot hold any local, state or national office, nor can they be a delegate to the State Conference, National Convention or Regional Meetings. They may attend but without a vote. Because the benefits of C.A.R. membership are obtained through participation, at-large membership is not encouraged.
The current application fee is $15 and the annual National dues are $20. State dues are $10 and local society dues vary. Life members have their National dues paid at a discount through their 22nd birthday. When two or more siblings apply at the same time, the application fee is only $10 for the additional siblings.
Most members join through descent from another C.A.R. or from a related member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, or Sons of the Revolution, since those lineages are already established. Additional documentation may be needed if the older DAR, SAR or S.R. did not have documentation that meets current standards.
To view the C.A.R. Membership Application from the N.S.C.A.R. website. Current instructions will be available there.
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This page was last updated May 18, 2015